Sowore, Bakare released by DSS

Chidi Samuel|The leader of the #RevolutioNow movement Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare has been freed by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The duo were released by the secret police on Thursday evening hours after Justice Ijeoma Ogwugwu of the federal high court, Abuja gave them 24 hours to release both of them who had been in their custody despite their release on bail.

A lawyer at Femi Falana chambers, Marshal Abubakar confirmed their release on Thursday evening.

Earlier on Thursday, DSS lawyer, Hassan Liman (SAN) assured journalists shortly after the court session that his client would comply with the order of the court.

Linman said, “I want to say once again that the DSS has not at any time refused or failed to comply with the court order. What we have done today is to go a step further to say that the DSS no longer wants Mr. Sowore in their custody.”

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“Definitely when somebody is granted bail he will be released to the main person that has served as his surety. Nobody, I repeat has gone to the DSS to take Mr. Sowore and co. on bail.

“The court has made an order to release them forthwith. But the DSS has not at anytime, refused to comply with court order. And that is why the DSS filed an application today that they no longer want them in their custody.

“The court has adjourned till tomorrow for us to report whether or not that order has been complied with. But I still say there has not been any violation of court order. He will be released definitely.

“In terms of court order and the conditions of bail, when you come tomorrow you will know if that has been complied with. I still say there has not been any violation of court order”.

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Sowore and his co-defendant are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, money laundering and cybercrimes, amongst others.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail on October 4, in the sum of N100m and N50m respectively with two sureties in like sum.

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